USS John S. McCain Arrives in Tonga

Naval Calendar 2009

Naval Calendar 2009

The Arleigh Burke Class guided missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (named after Senator John S. McCain’s father and grandfather, both admirals) graces the cover of our Naval Calendar 2009. Order online exclusively at The PatriArt Gallery.

Sailors aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) arrived in Nuku’alofa July 30 for a scheduled port visit to participate in events and activities celebrating the coronation of His Royal Highness King George Tupou V.

McCain Sailors attended royal ceremonies, military parades, and formal social events with royalty, the Tongan Defense Service and Australian and French visiting navies.

According to McCain’s Commanding Officer, Cmdr. John S. Banigan, port visits such as these are vital to the deepening partnership between Tonga and the United States since the two countries share many common strategic interests including promoting peace, fighting terrorism and creating a stable Asia-Pacific region.

“Our close relationship with Tonga is highlighted by our participation in the coronation of the His Royal Highness King George Tupou V,” Banigan said.

“This is a historic time for this county as it further evolves into a democratic society. The crew is honored to be included in His Majesty’s coronation and the symbol of national pride it represents.”

“In addition to the interaction with the Tongan Defense Service, we’ll be able to conduct exchanges with the Australian and French militaries, who will also be in attendance.”

John S. McCain is one of seven Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyers assigned to Destroyer Squadron 15 and is permanently forward-deployed to Yokosuka, Japan.

Byron Linder (NNS)

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